Patent Owners Take Hit With Standard-Setting Body's Rules

Law360, New York (February 9, 2015, 8:49 PM EST) -- The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, one of the major organizations that set technology industry standards, on Sunday adopted new rules regarding the use of essential patents that attorneys say will put patent owners at a disadvantage by decreasing the leverage they have over accused infringers.

The amendments to the IEEE essential-patent policies make it clear that owners of patents declared essential to the group's standard are not allowed to seek injunctions against potential licensees in most cases and that determining a reasonable royalty should take into consideration the value that the patented technology contributes to the smallest salable unit...

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